Is it possible to damage RAM by improperly installing CPU or heatsink?
Honestly idk. But my PC won't boot but my fans were spinning. The CPU and RAM light on Motherboard was shining. After trying a few things, only when i take out the motherboard out of the case and check the CPU i noticed the one of the CPU cooler screw wasn't installed properly. After i reinstalled the cooler properly, the PC boot successfully but i can't install OS, with some error code indicating memory issue.anything is possible.
what did you do exactly?
with both RAM installed, the test freeze in the middle while with only the working one everything seems fine.Run memtest86 or memtest86+
They boot from a usb stick and do not use windows.
You can download them here:
MemTest86 is the original self booting memory testing software for x86 and ARM computers. Supporting both BIOS and UEFI, with options to boot from USB.www.memtest86.com
Running several more passes will sometimes uncover an issue, but it takes more time.
Probably not worth it unless you really suspect a ram issue.
Can i ask you if you have any idea how i somehow damaged it? I'm still not that experienced in PC building so i'm trying to avoid the same problem in the future. ThanksI can imagine a way you could damage one of the sensitive surface mounted components on a stick of RAM while installing a CPU cooler and making a mistake, yes. It does sound like you have damaged it.
Is this a new build?It is unlikely that you could do anything to damage ram when installing a cpu cooler.
If the process involved removing the cpu from the socket, possibly some pins were damaged and can give you the symptoms you are having.
Is this a new build?
Has it all worked together before?
What is the make/model of the ram? Are both sticks from the same matched kit?
Two identical separate part numbers will not be matched.
What is the bios level of your motherboard?
CPU-Z will tell you.
Sometimes there are bios updates that will address ram compatibility issues.
Is your ram(kit) explicitly supported on your motherboard/cpu combo?
If it is a single kit, ram will have a lifetime warranty and will be replaced if defective.
Separate sticks, and you are on your own.
I'm not quite sure, because it's only when i install 1 specific RAM from the kit that all sort of problem start to appear too. The other RAM won't give me any problem,You could also have the CPU screwed in too tightly. The heatsink should be firm against the CPU, but the whole thing shouldn't be screwed in as tight as you can possibly manage.
So for example, you may have had the cooler in your hand, trying to align it over the CPU, and you accidentally brushed one of the memory modules with one of the fins of the cooler, at such an angle that it just caught on a surface mounted resistor and pinged it off.Can i ask you if you have any idea how i somehow damaged it? I'm still not that experienced in PC building so i'm trying to avoid the same problem in the future. Thanks
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